19 Nov Stefano Boeri, creative mind who contrasts climate change
The world-famous Italian architect has formulated in China proposals several buildings entirely covered with trees and plants to be established where the need to protect and increase green permanent surfaces is the only plausible answer.
Its metropolitan reforestation project aims to regenerate the environment and urban biodiversity without expanding the city on the territory, especially in the cities that are most responsible for the problems related to climate change.
Projects like Forest Revolution and Urban Forestry are born with the purpose (and necessity) of improving the quality of health and life in cities such as the Chinese metropolises that are facing a serious problem of pollution by inserting themselves as an alternative model to simple growth.
In China, the issue of urbanization is a huge problem, every year millions of Chinese people leave the countryside to land in increasingly densely populated cities. This uninterrupted flow brings out the need to constitute structural formulas that go beyond the preconceived architectural models. The Boeri himself states: “From this observation comes the idea of a model of small totally green cities surrounded by high density green: the vertical cities. The reason was that from the quantitative point of view is possible to give the same answer from the point of view of the service spaces, of the residences, but from the qualitative point of view this model is much more efficient and high quality level, helping to reduce pollution instead of creating it. “
Of course this is not the only way to combat pollution and reduce CO2 emissions, there is much more to be done, however, for now, this kind of solution seems to bring significant results.
Boeri’s contribution is for sure an excellent starting point, who is simultaneously carrying out another project so called Slow Food China, set up to intervene in the remote peasant villages. The goal is to make these villages become more active and more solid in their agricultural production, with the aim of showing to Chinese, and not only them, as the rural system can become a fertile and self-sufficient place.
Another highly significant project of the Boeri Studio is being implemented in the city of Macao where the planning of a highline was requested for a totally green cycle path to be added to the railway line, also the latter being redesigned.
In this case, the Milanese architect explains: the biggest challenge was to think of an infrastructure that was not just a cycle path, but a route that also had other functions inside it, such as a system for collecting differentiated waste and collecting water. In this case the answer created was not simply about green, but a comprehensive solution aided to satisfy other questions that are very important in a city like Macao.
Stefano Boeri has developed various designs and environments, supporting and enhancing synergies between all the various players, both public and private, involved in the urbanistic development.
Since 1993, it has been designed and implemented in different cultural sector and complementary design fields.